Wednesday, December 26, 2007

So what exactly will I be doing in Malawi? A lot of you have been asking me that, and I'm not a very good person to answer the question, since I don't completely know! What I do know is I'll be working with Concern Universal (CU) in Malawi in the water and sanitation sector. Concern Universal's website is on the link list to your right, and for the really eager their annual report on their Malawi activities is at here.

Part of the challenge of my placement will be figuring out how I can add value to Concern's organization, but I do know I'll likely be focusing on the monitoring and evaluation of their projects. Brett Stevenson worked with CU last year, and there's a great description of her work here. I love how part of her work was encouraging CU to measure development as more than just the number of latrines built or wells installed, but as the positive impact it can have on people's lives. I'm very excited about continuing with CU, and about being in Malawi! It's a small country of about 12.6 million people, (BBC country profiles) and all the volunteers to Malawi I've talked to say it's a beautiful country. It certainly looks like it, judging by the pictures from Kim's blog:I'm looking forward to telling you more soon!


Wayne said...

Hey Megan!
Must be coming down to the departure day soon! So exciting :) If we don't get to chat before travels & I can't wait to hear your first impressions of Lusaka or Lilongwe!!!

Until then, hope you're having some good times with lot of learning in pre-dep.


Sarah said...

Hey Megan!
I miss you! I hope you have settled in and are acclimatizing well. Let me know if you have some time to talk on gtalk at some point! Jill says hi and that she misses you too!

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